Loans & Grants


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Brownfields Grants

The U.S. EPA offers a variety of grant and loan programs and technical assistance to help communities assess and clean up brownfields and prepare them for redevelopment. Information on U.S. EPA brownfields grants is currently available at U.S. EPA's Brownfields Grants page. The application deadline is January 31, 2019. In order to develop a complete proposal package, the U.S. EPA requires a letter of acknowledgement from a state agency. Learn how to obtain a Letter of Acknowledgment from DTSC. All requests must be received by January 7, 2019.

DTSC helps U.S. EPA grant applicants and recipients access federal brownfields funding by determining eligibility of petroleum-contaminated brownfields sites, under CERCLA section 101(39)(D). This is not a regulatory determination. A petroleum eligibility determination by DTSC, under CERCLA section 101(39)(D), for the purpose of brownfields funding does not release any party from obligations under any federal or state law or regulation, or under common law, and does not impact or limit EPA or state enforcement authorities against any party. Refer to the following guidelines and application to request this grant support from DTSC.


Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Program

Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) ProgramThe DTSC RLF Program establishes a revolving loan fund that provides loans to help developers, businesses, schools, and local governments clean-up and redevelop brownfields. This is a brownfields clean-up loan program administered through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA).

RLF Program Overview

Revolving Loan Fund Flyer

RLF Application

RLF Success Stories and Current Projects

To establish your own RLF Program, refer to the U.S. EPA website.

For more information about the RLF Program, contact Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi at (714) 484-5489 or or Jennifer Black at (916) 869-5356 or


How to Access State and Federal Funding to Investigate and Cleanup Brownfields

A webinar was held to inform local governments, agencies involved with redevelopment, general improvement districts, school districts, community development corporations, tribes, non-profit organizations and any other parties interested in returning brownfields to productive economic and/or open space use. The webinar discussed available resources, application schedules and guidelines, and projects which successfully utilized multiple sources of funding.

The California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), and the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) spoke about their respective funding programs.

The webinar was intended to make the grant funding process as transparent as possible and help you take advantage of these opportunities to fund your next project!

Presentation materials and a link to a video of the webinar is posted below. For more information, contact Maryam Tasnif-Abbasi at (714) 484-5489 or

2018 Webinar Presentation Materials


Targeted Site Investigation (TSI) Program

Under the TSI Program, brownfields sites are selected to receive environmental services through a competitive application process. The DTSC TSI Program is funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency through a CERCLA 128(a) State and Trial Response Program Grant. For the selected properties, DTSC provides assessment, investigation, or cleanup planning services at no cost to the applicant. DTSC's goal is to facilitate the return of brownfields to safe and productive uses. DTSC looks for properties that meet the following criteria:

  • Strong Redevelopment Potential
  • Real or Perceived Contamination
  • Clear Need and Municipal/Community Support for the Property's Revitalization
  • Redevelopment/reuse Would Benefit the Community

Local government agencies, tribal governments, school districts and non-profit organizations are highly encouraged to apply. The TSI application period is now closed. In the last cycle, almost $350,000 of environmental assessment, investigation and cleanup planning services were directed to the following selected projects:

  • Fontana Unified School District – Environmental investigation of a former agricultural property for construction of a new elementary school.
  • Gilroy Unified School District – Environmental investigation to support modernization of an existing middle school.
  • Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley in Walnut Creek – Cleanup planning for a former railroad property to support development of 42 affordable homes for very low to low income families.
  • City of Los Angeles – Research of potential sources of environmental contamination for undeveloped property located along the Los Angeles River to support the Los Angeles River Bikeway and Greenway project.
  • City of Los Angeles – Environmental investigation of a former industrial site that is part of the long-term Los Angeles River Revitalization Plan.
  • Visalia Unified School District – Environmental investigation of a former agricultural property for construction of a new middle and high school.
  • Visalia Unified School District - Environmental investigation of a former agricultural property for construction of a new elementary school.

If you are interested in this program, we highly encourage you to contact the TSI Coordinator to discuss the details of your projects.

Access a copy of the 2018 TSI Application and Guidelines.